We are using open-source software to support biodiversity decision making through a modular approach 

A modular approach provides flexibility for the creation of processing workflows  that can be customized for the needs of broader communities including researchers and environmental authorities. The modules are adaptable to graphical interfaces without the need to update the code every time new classes are developed.
 
The modules of the Decision Support System (DSS) are being developed in two Tiers for users with different levels of expertise and needs:

  • Tier I: is an user-friendly interface, named Biotrablero. It includes three modules for 1) geographic queries, 2) reports for indicators relevant to some Aichi Targets and SDGs, and 3) early warnings. In its current status, the interface has advanced in the contents of the second module, which provides summary statistics for some general indicators of biodiversity change and explanations to guide users in the interpretation and use of different indicators. 

  • Tier 2: is being developed for users with basic or advanced familiarity with computer coding and ecological or Earth science applications. Modules for this Tier have derived into two prototype versions of R packages: the forestChange and aRn packages.

Our software is enhancing several Decision Making Activities

The implementation of modules in the Tiers for computing ecosystem extent and fragmentation from GFC data are being designed to contribute decision makers in Colombia to track progress in the achievement of several Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. The DSS will also facilitate the identification of strategic ecosystems for conservation/restoration and the definition of priorities for reducing biodiversity loss due to development projects.